Born in Paris in 1826, Alexis-Joseph Mazerolle (d. 1889) joined the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1843. A pupil of Dupuis and Gleyre, he first exhibited at the Salon in 1847. He was awarded a 3rd class medal in 1857. He then became Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and decorated rooms in the Comédie Française and the Conservatoire.
In 1843, Alexandre Braquenié joined the Demi Doineau manufactory which became 'Demy Doineau et Braquenié, Manufacture Royale de Tapis et tapisseries'. The company subsequently bought many of the Oberkampf designs, better known as 'toiles de Jouy'. In 1855, they exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle to great acclaim. In 1858, Henri-Charles Braquenié married the Demi Doineau heiress, changing the company's name to Braquenié Frères and moved to Aubusson. He was awarded a Gold Medal at the 1867 Paris Exposition Universelle and included amongst his clientèle Napoleon III, Empress Eugénie as well as Victor Hugo.